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Hotel Porta Felice
Ranked #4 of 98 Hotels in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Our visit started with an unfortunate mix-up, with our reservation lost and a full hotel. Alessandra worked diligently to find us another hotel for our first night. We returned for the rest of our stay and we're glad we did. Very nice hotel and a very nice room. Alessandra turned a bad situation into a positive experience.

Room Tip: Even numbered rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Stayed here and found the rooms to be very nice, but ours was on the 3rd floor, directly below the breakfast room/restaurant. Hard surfaces everywhere, including the breakfast room so lots of chair scraping noise above us. Hallways and staircase echo the noise. You have to call the front desk to have the air turned on. Breakfast was fine, ask for a cappuccino to be made for you. Masseuse is very good! Beds are hard! Sink drain was slow.

Room Tip: Stay away from the street and beneath the breakfast room!!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

2 couples started our visit to Sicily in Palermo. I had some misgivings about the hotel location before our arrival but ended up being very pleased with our choice. Felt very safe walking to the hotel in the evening. Rooms were on the street side but noise wasn't an issue. Good size, beds a bit hard bit that seemed to be the case in all our hotels. Wifi was an issue ..kept cutting out but hotel staff were very helpful with this. Breakfast upstairs was good with a selection of pastries (very good croissants) , cheese, fruit, juice etc..in fact one of the better breakfasts we had. The rooftop terrace/ breakfast area doesn't have much of a view but it's a pleasant space. Liked that we could easily walk to the local market.
Rooms are painted in a dark color with dark furniture but have a fairly modern feel. Overall I felt the hotel was good value.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

While this hotel is well located and the rooms a good size I was disappointed in it overall. The mood lighting made it very difficult to read, we had the smell of drains in the bathroom which permeated the room, there was no drinking water provided and the shower pressure was terrible. Breakfast had a good array of cakes but the service, coffee and range wasn't good.

Room Tip: The street is noisy, ask for a room at the back
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Porta Felice. It is around a 20 minute walk from the centre but only 5 mins from the seafront. The best way to get to the hotel from the airport is on the Prestia a Commande bus to the Stazione Centrale at €11 return and then you can either walk (about 20 mins) or taxi for around €15 to the hotel. The reception staff were incredibly helpful and spoke good English. We were quite surprised that not many people spoke English in Palermo.
Our room was spacious with lovely decor and the air conditioning worked wonderfully as it was so humid outside.
We had a room on the first floor at the side of the hotel so it was nice and quiet. Don't expect a great view though as it's on a very narrow street, this didn't bother us though. The bathroom was a little dated but was fine for a long weekend.
Breakfast was pretty poor, a mere selection of cakes, bread and cereal and some sorry looking bacon and eggs. The staff were not particularly good at keeping the small selection topped up.
We also tried out the spa in the hotel which was lovely on a very rainy day.
All in all, a lovely hotel and I would stay there again but would definitely improve the breakfast selection.

Room Tip: Room at the back or side of the hotel, the road at the front is very busy
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Hotel Porta Felice
Nice, spacious rooms with high ceilings. Great air con - you won't sweat in your room here. Staff are very friendly & speak great English.
The rooftop terrace (their restaurant/bar) has a nice view but is quite warm, very small & not as nice as the rest of the hotel.
Location is a bit out of the way, but it's close to the puppet, modern art museums and seafront.
It's in a quiet area during the day but livens up in the evening. Vucciria market nearby does amazing BBQ seafood (be patient it's quite chaotic) and there are great, cheap outdoor bars (tapas are free buffet-style with your drinks) and restaurants on and off via cassari, argenteria & bottai. You can buy cold beers & cocktails to drink in the squares and borrow bottle openers from the shops.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Shower drain really slow so my feet were in a bath of water. Breakfast range is poor as it is mostly french pastries and cake ,a very small 2 slice toaster which meant queuing for my toast ,website misleading as states complimentary hot drink and when requested it costed me €6. Watch out for spa as you have to make reservation & pay €15 to use it.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Daniela F, Direttore at Hotel Porta Felice, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

Dear Guest,
thank you for your review, it help us to improve our service !

As already told when you were here in hotel, the kettle is furnished only in the Suites; you can have a look to our web-site where is clearly specified ; even so, when you asked for it, we promptly gave you free of charge for all your stay !

The Spa is on payment and our guests have a special discount for the entrance ( € 15,00 instead of € 30,00 per person) but it has been a pleasure for me to give you two entrance complimentary.

Thanks again for your suggestions and hope to meet you another time in our home !
Best regards

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Additional Information about Hotel Porta Felice

Address: Via Butera 35/47, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Palermo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Palermo
#3 Luxury Hotel in Palermo
#4 Family Hotel in Palermo
#6 Business Hotel in Palermo
#6 Romantic Hotel in Palermo
Price Range: $90 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Porta Felice 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Palermo, in the historical city centre, a few metres from Foro Italico gardens, Piazza Marina, via Alloro and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It is elegant and welcoming. It was built on the foundations of a XVIII century building and has been completely reconstructed. There are 30 rooms and 3 suites all equipped with satellite tv, free wi-fi connection, telephone, safe and mini bar. Breakfast and bar services are located on the top floor on a panoramic terrace from where it is possible to admire the walls of Palazzo Steri and Piazza Marina. The Wellness club, on the ground floor, offers a wide range of relaxing services from a sauna, steam bath, small pool with hydro massage, emotional showers and also many personalized beauty treatments. For meetings there is 1 room up to 25 persons and also, on request, there is a guarded parking area nearby. ... more   less 
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